BC Lions To Play at Empire Stadium Once Again?

Kevin LeeContributor IJune 24, 2009

26 Nov 2000:  A general view of the British Columbia Lions team huddling up before the Grey Cup 2000 game against the Montreal Alouettes at the McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Lions defeated the Alouettes 28-26.Mandatory Credit: Craig Klem  /Allsport

The Vancouver Sun is reporting the British Columbia Lions could play a few games in the 2010 Canadian Football League season where Empire Stadium once stood while the new retractable roof is installed at BC Place. Construction on the roof is expected to begin right after the 2010 Winter Olympics and will not be ready in time for the beginning of the 2010 CFL season.

Empire Stadium was torn down in 1993, converted into a parking lot for Hastings Park and the Pacific National Exhibition, and then converted into a soccer field.

The plan is to bring in 30,000 temporary bleachers and concession stands to Empire Stadium.

The report has not been confirmed or denied by the parties involved.

Empire Stadium is the only place with a large enough field to house the Lions as both Swangard Stadium and fields at local universities are too small.

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